The creation of any beautiful photo book starts with a photo shoot – and it doesn’t matter whether the photographer is an amateur, a professional or anything in between. The basic idea is to ensure that the pictures have a strong composition, sufficient contrast, focus and of course, an interesting subject matter. These are the features that qualify the images for use in a photo book—or ones that make the photo book great.
As a photographer, your aim should be to try to get incredible images that tell a story. The best way to do this is to use a sequence of pictures that represent separate, individual details of the entire narrative on a photo book maker. If it’s a wedding ceremony, for instance, you want to tell the story from how the day started, the events that happened throughout the day, how it all ended, and every other important detail. This gives the viewer a complete narrative of how everything unfolded on the wedding day.
Here are some tips and tricks to help you pick a subject and compose your pictures for use in a photo book:
The devil is in the details
As a photographer, you should always keep in mind that the details are the icing on the cake and are what make a picture unique. For example, if you are on vacation, you want to take photos of the menu in a restaurant, entry tickets, flyers, street signs and so on. These things might seem irrelevant, but are often a great illustration in a photo book. Besides, they tell a lot about where you visited, without you having to explain.
It’s the same case with weddings and other family events – take shots of all the stages of the event – like the bride’s shoes in the box, or a wedding dress on the hanger and so on. These are great for decorating the main picture on a page. Don’t forget getting shots of the wedding conductor to either use as main or detail – the same as guests.
Don’t forget background images
Remember, you can use different kinds of pictures on a photo book – including landscape, portrait and even square. So, it’s a good idea to have all sorts of photos – you know, to make your photo book a little more interesting. Get images of the landscapes or buildings to act as backgrounds for your travel photo book. Keep in mind that the background should not spoil the effect of the main image – so, it’s great for it to be evenly colored and without distracting details. Perfect background images are those that would be boring if showcased on their own.
Think about the photo book theme
Even when you aren’t photographing for a specific occasion, photos of subjects that relate to the theme of the book make incredible additions to the overall feel of the book. If it’s a baby-themed photo book, for instance, including the baby’s first cutlery, favorite toy, first smile or first steps will go a long way.